Internship Opportunities at Utne Reader

Utne Reader is a digest of independent media that strives to cure ignorance. At the heart of our project is our library: a feast of 1,300 independent publications—from magazines, websites, and journals to alt-weeklies and zines—from which our editors glean the very best articles, essays, and ideas. We reprint the sharpest pieces and write original content in each bimonthly issue and every day on 

We’re a hard-working, passionate group of people, and from our interns we expect enthusiasm, diligence, and great ideas. These internships offer special insight into the vibrant world of independent publishing. Utne Reader interns have opportunities to work with veteran editors, writers, and media professionals as they gain experience producing a national magazine and its website. 

Editorial interns read in the library and pitch story ideas, participate in editorial meetings, work on research projects, and handle duties related to library management, unsolicited manuscripts, and book publishers. They also write for and may have opportunities to write for the print edition, too. 

We’re seeking people who are energized about alternative media: voracious readers, inventive thinkers, and determined reporters. Experience in journalism or publishing is preferred. 


To apply, send a cover letter, resume, contact information for two references, and two writing samples to Internships, Utne Reader, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS, 66609, or by emailing Christian Williams


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